Abilene nonprofit determined to limit over breeding of dogs, reduce number of strays


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The Abilene community is seeing an uptick in stray animals, but one local nonprofit is determined to make a change in saving animals’ lives.  

It all started several years ago with one little puppy from a litter who was rescued from the trunk of a car, the only one left alive.  

“It’s Brenda, she’s my old lady. Fourteen years later, she’s still with me. She’s my soul dog,” said Lyna Sierra.  

This lead Abilene’s Sierra to create her organization Brenda’s Gift, where she personally pays for vouchers to spay and neuter dogs and cats. 

“I’m all about prevention and education. It extends the life of your pet and keeps them from getting cancer,” said Sierra.  

In combating the overbreeding of dogs and the problem with strays here in the Key City, within the last few years, Sierra says her passion has grown, with just over 50 vouchers in 4 months. 

Kristy West with the Abilene Pet Crusaders has now partnered with Brenda’s Gift. 

“This problem that we have here in Abilene is not going to go away on its own. We’re trying to help the shelter, we’re trying to help Abilene, and trying to get this dog population under control,” said West.  

West says she feels this partnership will help shine a light on Sierra’s efforts in making a difference in the Abilene area.

“We’re just real proud. I’m real proud to be a part of this. I feel excited and very proud that I got to be a little part of making it bigger,” said West.  

Believing the bigger they can get, the more dogs they can help. 

“There’s so many benefits to spaying and neutering, it’s not just population control. It’s for their health overall,” said Sierra.  

If you would like to help the organization or make a donation, visit Lyna Sierra’s Facebook page by clicking here.

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